Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

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Paul

Reisterstown, MD

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#1112
Jun 11, 2009
 
I just purchased a 2005 Pilot and I am having the following problems:

The CD player does not work, it just says "DISC" and the CD ejects every time.

The CD changer does not work. I loaded 6 CDs, but when I push the CD changer button, nothing happens.

The remote keys do not work at all.
Jason

Monterey, CA

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#1113
Jun 12, 2009
 
Steve wrote:
I have a 2005 Honda Pilot. We had the clicking with no starting. The battery terminals were very gunked up. I cleaned them off completely and the car now starts fine, HOWEVER, the radio and clock are dead and the auto down and auto up feature on the driver's window does not work anymore!! Anybody have a similar problem to that?
Steve, exact same problems with my 2005 Honda Pilot wirh 46K miles. I just got a new battery and so far so good. What have you done to fix the problems??
elias elias

Scarborough, Canada

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#1114
Jun 15, 2009
 
In my experience the d light flashing was solved by replacing the transmission temperature sensor. another common problem for the D light flashing is the 3rd or 4th clutch pressure switches.located on the rear end of the transmission and be taken out easily with a 22mm wrench. good luck hope this helps.
jack wrote:
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try this, have your anti theft code card ready, vehicle full stop, engine not running...then at passenger's side under dash fuse box, locate the #13 fuse, theres a diagram on the fuse box itself, remove it for 10 seconds then return it from where you pulled it. afterwards, input code at radio then drive the vehicle the usual. if it still blinks, go to a trusted mech to have it scanned cause the powertrain control module senses some abnormality thats why it blinks... maybe temperature sensor or pressure switches of the transmission....
sometimes...again, sometimes a transmission fluid change does the trick. year today is 2007 your pilot model 2003, every 3yrs ,as per manual, change transmission fluid along w/ brake fluid.
keep us posted, goodluck and good day!
Me too

Port Arthur, TX

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#1115
Jun 16, 2009
 
John C wrote:
My credit card was sitting on the center console and it slid inside where the little sliding door goes when you open it to reveal the cup holders. Any way possible to get to that area of the console to retrieve paper or cards that have slid back there?
Thanks.
Did you ever receive an answer to this? Something has slipped behind the console sliding door and now it won't open completely. I would love to know a simple solution.
Thanks.
Canuckpilot

Canada

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#1116
Jun 16, 2009
 
09 bought last summer, garage all winter. 3 spots of rust on the edge of the tailgate????anyone else have this. dealer says stone chips - I don't think so, stones can't get up there under the edge.
Randy

Saint Paul, MN

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#1117
Jun 18, 2009
 
I have a 2003 Pilot that "burps" very sporatically with just a slight drop in power. Anyone else have anything similar?
Charles Hodges

Dalton, GA

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#1118
Jun 18, 2009
 
Greg wrote:
Can you go in to any more detail on replacing the resistor your self? I need it done and would like to save money by doing it myself. Thanks,
Greg
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here is actually a thermal fuse in the reisitor that you can get at Radio Shack for about $3 and solder in yourself. Getting to the part is a little tricky. It is located between the front seats under all the center console stuff.
Charles Hodges

Dalton, GA

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#1119
Jun 18, 2009
 
Ron wrote:
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I have the same problem did you ever find a fix.
If you mean the rear blower has quit working, then it is most likely a blown resistor for the rear AC. Honda wants about $200 for the part. In mine, there was a blown thermal fuse in the resistor. Radio Shack had one for about $3. I solder it in, and have been doing great for about 50,000 miles. It is located between the front seats in the air stream below the center console. Getting to it is a trick. I would suggest getting a copy of the Pilot Service Manual. It will show you how to get to it.(It will also show you everything Honda does when you take it to them to fix it.)
jack

Rosedale, MD

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#1120
Jun 19, 2009
 
Irene wrote:
I have a 2007 Pilot EXL with 30,000 miles. I love the vehicle and take very good care of it. In the last month, I have had to call AAA three times to give me a jump start because the battery died! This has never happened to me with any vehicle before! All it took was sitting in the car listening to the radio for 30 minutes to drain the battery! The last time it drained after 15 minutes with the hatch up to unload! I am really angry and took it in to the dealer for service today. They gave me a song-and-dance that it is MY FAULT and that since there are so many things draining the battery 'nowadays' you can't sit with the car off and the radio on any more!!! I have to keep it idling to be sure it won't drain!!! What??!!! They 'charged' it and refused to replace it (still under warrrenty). Have any of you encountered this? Am I at fault or is it a particularly crummy battery? Do I have to worry every day that my battery may be dead because I forgot to unplug my cell charger?? Help!
did they check your alternator if it operates properly?
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Rosedale, MD

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#1121
Jun 19, 2009
 
Me too wrote:
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Did you ever receive an answer to this? Something has slipped behind the console sliding door and now it won't open completely. I would love to know a simple solution.
Thanks.
pull out the interior panel, lower part of the particular door, need some clips to be replaced to reinstall, use a "mechanical finger" on getting the unwanted thing, most tool store has it....if you are not sure on what to do, just send it to your trusted mechanic or honda dealer.
Peter

United States

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#1122
Jun 19, 2009
 
I have 2009 Honda Pilot EX 4x4. I started to notice loud wind noise on the passenger's side after I drive over 65 MPH. Does anybody heard about this problem?
Irene

Castro Valley, CA

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#1123
Jun 20, 2009
 
jack wrote:
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did they check your alternator if it operates properly?
Hi Jack- no, I don't think so. They were really determined that the problem was a 'charge'. I'll bring it to their attention. Thanks!
Keith

Maynard, MA

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#1124
Jun 24, 2009
 
Kimberly wrote:
I tried to start my 2003 Pilot last night and the key won't budge. It must be an ignition switch problem. Does anybody know where we can report this to possibly get it recalled by Honda since it is obviously happening to quite a few people.
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My girlfriend had the same
problem with her Honda Pilot. She just replaced the ignition for the 2nd time in 5 years, after warranty. Cost over $900 each time. Dealer said he never heard of the problem. I googled it and found the problem reported within 10 seconds. I was previously thinking of buying a Honda Civic. After hearing what she went through, as did others, I'll never buy a Honda. I'll try Toyota. If anyone's reading this from Honda - you lost a potential customer. You shouldn't have charged her the first or second time. Oh, and then they also charged her for re-coding of keys......
nancy

Dallas, TX

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#1125
Jun 29, 2009
 
2004 Honda Pilot having flashing "D" problem for at least 6 months, car has 108,000 miles. No driving problems at all--- and after doing diagnostic shop cant find the cause. Probably have to take to Honda. Anyone know any possible causes for this besides 4th gear pressure sensor?(from some of posts read above) Thanks for any input!
Lee Ann

Commerce City, CO

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#1126
Jun 30, 2009
 
The battery on our 04 Pilot died and now I need to reset the radio. I have the code but it starts beeping as soon as I enter the first number and doesn't accept the code. Is there a trick to entering it. Also, the clock won't reset. Is there something else wrong? No problems until the battery died. The oil light started blinking today and when I called the dealer they said that on 04 Pilots it's an indicator that the battery is going out. 2 starts later and it was dead.
Jroz

Sewickley, PA

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#1127
Jun 30, 2009
 
Howard Derdiger wrote:
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Have they figured out the problem, Mine makes noise at about 46 MPH and the RPM at about 1000
I have the same problem, this very loud vibration, and if I accelerate or slow down it stops. Have you found a fix yet?
Irene

Castro Valley, CA

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#1128
Jul 1, 2009
 
Keith wrote:
<quoted text>My girlfriend had the same
problem with her Honda Pilot. She just replaced the ignition for the 2nd time in 5 years, after warranty. Cost over $900 each time. Dealer said he never heard of the problem. I googled it and found the problem reported within 10 seconds. I was previously thinking of buying a Honda Civic. After hearing what she went through, as did others, I'll never buy a Honda. I'll try Toyota. If anyone's reading this from Honda - you lost a potential customer. You shouldn't have charged her the first or second time. Oh, and then they also charged her for re-coding of keys......
Keith- I would write a letter to Honda HQ USA in LA and to the President and let him know about the problem happening and that she was 'charged'. That is crazy! I'm sure they would like to hear about your loser dealer! Honda's don't normally have those kinds of probs- really. I'm on my 3rd and generally they are great...
Britt Figueroa

Savannah, GA

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#1129
Jul 2, 2009
 
jkwoods wrote:
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nsu- Has anyone responded to your post? We are having the exact same problem with our 2007 Pilot. I called the Honda service department yesterday to ask if they had heard of this and they hadn't.
One thing I did try today -- when I am stopped and the vibration starts, I pressed the break pedal as far as it would go and the vibration stopped. So, I'm not sure if it has to do with the break system, but that's what I'm leaning toward. If I find anything I'll post it here.
My 2007 Pilot just started this problem a few days ago. I bought it new from the Honda dealer and it will be two years this August that I've owned it.

Has anyone resolved this issue? I don't want to check it into the dealer and run the risk of it getting louder/worse than it is.

Thanks. Britt Figueroa, Brunswick, Ga.
Wayne

Richmond, VA

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#1131
Jul 6, 2009
 
D light flashing on my 05 Pilot. Looks like Honda has not recalled this, and I'm on the hook for the transmission. Sadly, I thought they had gotten the tranny right after my 02 MDX had the same problem(s), then it went out completely... Acura stood behind the problems, sort of- I paid for the part they covered the labor at 96k miles. Either way... I have spent $65-70k WITH HONDA THE LAST 7 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN REWARDED WITH 3 TRANSMISSION ISSUES. Not good enough - won't be repurchasing from Honda or Acura, even though I like the product.

PS: It is now common for companies to hire full-time bloggers to come on to boards like these and try to mitigate bad comments. Ask them some specific questions and they become apparent usually...
Jamie

Atlanta, GA

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#1132
Jul 8, 2009
 
Have you found a solution to this? I am having the same problem.
Joyce wrote:
I have a 2005 Honda Pilot, and have had the Check Engine and VTM4 lights come on repeatedly. The dealership keeps telling me it's the O2 sensor. I've had two new ones put in. And both times, I didn't even pull off the lot just to have the lights come back on. Has anyone experienced this? I have my doubts about it being the O2 sensor and my warranty ends in 5,000 miles.

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